The Bulletin – August 7

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St. Thomas Festival continues

FORTVILLE — The annual St. Thomas Festival weekend began Friday and continues from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 7) at 523 S. Merrill St., Fortville.

Ol’ Time Country Fun summer festival is set for Aug. 7 with activities for all ages.

There will be a homemade chicken noodle dinner, homemade dessert corner, live music, bingo, blood drive, farmers market and silent auction. Also planned are raffles for cash prizes and a quilt made by women of the church, with the raffle drawings taking place at 9 p.m. Aug. 7.

Refreshments available for purchase at the festival also include lemon shakeups, ice cream, hamburgers, tenderloins and walking tacos.

During the festival, tours are also available of the parish’s historic church building, which dates to 1916.

Children’s games and activities outside, including a bounce house and face painting, are also part of the festival events. Competitors earn tokens at most games that they can cash in for various levels of prizes at the Redemption Center. There’s also a dunk tank; during the last festival in 2019, St. Thomas priest “Father Rob” Hankee was among those who took a turn sitting in the dunk tank.

Festival organizers say the event is an opportunity for neighbors to spend time in friendly fellowship. The event also raises money to support parish funds, including a charity fund that helps people in need.

Community breakfast is Aug. 21

McCORDSVILLE — The next community breakfast at McCordsville United Methodist Church is set for 7:30 to 10 a.m. Aug. 21 at the church, 6247 W. Broadway, McCordsville.

There will be a drawing for a gift card.

The meal, sponsored by the church’s United Methodist Men, features various breakfast favorites. Free-will donations are accepted.

Mt. Lebanon fish fry is Aug. 21

HANCOCK COUNTY — Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church plans its fish fry from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21.

The menu will include fried fish, French fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, beverage and brownies.

Hot dogs and carryout are available.

A free-will donation will be accepted with the proceeds benefiting missions and special projects.

The church is located at 3447 S. State Road 9, Greenfield.

For more details, call the church at 317-462-1313.

Mothers’ group offers open house

GREENFIELD — Mothers of young children are invited to attend an open house to learn more about Brandywine MOPS from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 13 at Brandywine Community Church, 1551 E. New Road, Greenfield.

Mothers of Preschoolers is an international organization; the Brandywine chapter meets two Monday evenings a month plus additional small-group morning meetings for women and play dates for children. MOPS is for moms from pregnancy through when their youngest child is in kindergarten. Meetings include speakers, fellowship, activities and prayer with childcare. An annual $65 membership fee includes a subscription with MOPS International plus local activities and childcare.

The free open house will be carnival style for kids with bounce houses, games and food. For more information, visit “Brandywine Indiana MOPS Welcomes You” on Facebook.

Author to sign copies of book on revival

GREENFIELD — Gary Wright will speak and sign copies of “He Just Showed Up! An Eyewitness to Revival” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield. He will appear as part of the library’s Local Author Showcase series.

Wright will read passages from his work, which appeals to those interested in church history, Indiana religious history, and the intentional practice of renewal.

As a special feature, Hancock County Historian Joseph L. Skvarenina will engage Wright in a dialogue of stories and topics that relate to the local area, such as the John T. Hatfield Camp in Cleveland just east of Greenfield.

Free English class available

GREENFIELD — A free English class is available at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Apostolic Pentecostal Church, 1202 E. Fifth St.

Call 317-496-6845 for free transportation to the class.

Community picnic set for Aug. 15

GREENFIELD — Brown’s Chapel Wesleyan Church presents Community Picnic in the Park at noon Aug. 15 at the Riley Park Pavilion. It is free and open to everyone.

The church will provide hamburgers and hot dogs, drinks and table service. Plans include corn hole, bocce ball, yard Yahtzee and more.